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  • Bangladeshi MPs Take Oaths Amid Boycott by Opposition0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Jan 03, 2019 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will start forming her new cabinet next week, officials announced Thursday, as members of Bangladesh’s newly elected parliament were sworn in despite a boycott by opposition MPs over alleged widespread voting irregularities in Sunday’s polls. After taking the oath of parliament with more

  • Bangladesh Election Official Denies Opposition Claims of Vote-Rigging0

    January 02, 2019 Maaz Hussain While Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is preparing to form a government for a record third consecutive term, her party’s landslide win in Sunday’s general elections has been tainted by violence and allegations of vote-rigging. After reports began piling up of alleged manipulation of votes and voters, as well as

  • Bangladesh: Election Abuses Need Independent Probe0

    January 2, 2019 Human Rights Watch Free Journalists Held for Reporting Vote Rigging An independent and impartial commission should investigate the serious allegations of abuses in the Bangladesh elections, Human Rights Watch said today. The allegations include attacks on opposition party members, voter intimidation, vote rigging, and partisan behavior by election officials in the pre-election

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  • False Dawn in Afghanistan?0

    A temporary Taliban truce, despite the opportunity it presents, doesn’t mean peace is about to break out anytime soon. By Michael Kugelman | June 26, 2018, 12:03 PM Kandahar Air Field on Sep. 9, 2017. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images) In recent days, unprecedented developments in Afghanistan have brought new hope to one of the most war-stricken

  • REVERSAL OF DEMOCRACY IN BANGLADESH0

      by Mohit Musaddi      29/6/2018 Democracy has been considered to be the best form of governance. But is democracy in Bangladesh undergoing a reversal? Since gaining independence in 1971, the country has witnessed one-party dominance, flirted with a single party system, lived under military rule for more than 15 years and labored to

  • Sri Lanka; Insensitivity or worse?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  25 June 2018 The dust may have quietly settled down as fast as it had appeared on the horizon. Yet, the insensitivity of the Sri Lankan State system to the decades-old ethnic issue stood out like a sore-thumb when President Maithiripala Sirisena swore in his SLFP-UPFA parliamentarian Kader Masthan as a Deputy Minister,

  • Postrevolutionary Iran; A Political Handbook Hardcover0

      Mehrzad Boroujerdi and Kourosh Rahimkhani,’s new book, Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook (Syracuse University Press, 2017), traces the political events that mark almost four decades of revolutionary rule and includes biographies of the 2,300 most important political players in the Islamic republic. The book is certain to be a must have reference for anyone

  • Modi it is for BJP in 2019 but will state allies play along?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 27 June 2018 Having focussed excessively on the Congress, and continuously drawing a Modi-Rahul parallel as if it were the sole selling point, the BJP has lost sight of the regional parties that are seeking to take the centre-stage, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Independent of the Bharatiya Janata Party parting company with the

  • How America Can Win the Drug War in Afghanistan0

    Regional cooperation is needed to curb the flow of precursor chemicals into Afghanistan and export of narcotic products out of the country to other states. by M. Ashraf Haidari This past November, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its annual survey of opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan for 2017. As ever, the

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  • Bangladesh And The Political Chess Game

    “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” ~Bobby Fischer, World Chess Champion. Sheikh Hasina Wajed is known not to accept any objections or opposition, so much so that any form an opposition has disappeared out of sight from the Bangladeshi political stage. She and her party, the

  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina’s Fear of Fall is The Issue

    “Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones by R Chowdhury 13 July 2019 Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame said, “Men go far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” That describes Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh today.

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